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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ |Roman Coins| ▸ |The Late Empire| ▸ |Majorian||View Options:  |  |  | 

Majorian, 28 December 457 - 7 August 461 A.D.

Initially possessing little more than Italy, Dalmatia, and some territory in northern Gaul, Majorian campaigned rigorously for three years defeating the Vandals, the Goths under Theodoric, the Burgundian Kingdom, and the Suebic Kingdom in northwest Hispania. It seemed he would soon restore the Western Empire to its former glory. He built a new navy to take back North Africa from the Vandals but, betrayed by a spy, the fleet was ambushed and destroyed in port. After his grand plan crumbled, Majorian's subjects turned on him. He was deposed and several days later found dead. The gold coins of Majorianus are rare, the brass still rarer. The historian Edward Gibbon wrote Majorian "presents the welcome discovery of a great and heroic character, such as sometimes arise, in a degenerate age, to vindicate the honor of the human species."


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The first ever coin of Majorian handled by Forum.
SH56010. Bronze nummus, RIC X 2645, LRBC II 582, VF, weight 1.787 g, maximum diameter 13.2 mm, die axis 180o, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, obverse D N IVL MAIORIANVS PER AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTOR-I-A AVGGG, Victory advancing left, wreath in right hand, palm frond in left hand, MD in exergue; rare; SOLD







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DNIVLMAIORIANVSC
DNIVLMAIORIANVSPEAVG
DNIVLMAIORIANVSPERAVG
DNIVLMAIORIANVSPF
DNIVLMAIORIANVSPFA
DNIVLMAIORIANVSPFAVG
DNIVLIVSMAIORIANVS
DNIVLIVSMAIORIANVSFAVG
DNIVLIVSMAIORIANVSPEAVG
DNIVLIVSMAIORIANVSPFAV
DNIVLIVSMAIORIANVSPFAVG
DNMAIORIANEPFAVG
DNMAIORIANEPTAVG
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DNMAIORIANVSPTAVG


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